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Recalling the Blizzard of 1966

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  If the thought of another storm and more snow is getting you down, it helps to keep things in perspective.

  Back in March of 1966, North Dakota was hit with one of it's worst blizzards on record. It dropped as much 3 feet of snow in places, with 70 mile per hour winds dropping visibility from zero to one-eighth of a mile for 30 hours. In it's wake were snow drifts as high as 30-feet.

  Five North Dakotans died, along 75,000 cattle and 54,000 sheep.

Terry Orstad, Grand Forks: "The City came by and put little orange balls on top of the antennas so that when the plows did get there, they wouldn't hit your car. It was an ordeal. It was something.

  That 1966 blizzard began at noon on Wednesday of March 2, 1966. By that Friday night, winds had reached 70 miles per with some gusts as high as 100 miles per hour, according to the State Historical Society.

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